groundlings

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groundlings

  1. plural of groundling
    • 1602 : Hamlet by William Shakespeare, act 3 scene 2
      O, it offends me to the soul to hear a robustious periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings, who for the most part are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb-shows and noise.